Augusta, GA

Serial Scam Artist Father, Daughter Sentenced For Tax Fraud Scheme


A serial scam artist father and his daughter have been sentenced for a tax fraud scheme that ran for four years.
Credit: Peter Dazeley (Getty Images)

Both based in Georgia, Ezra Hatcher, Sr., of Hephzibah, and Sherry Hatcher, of Augusta, operated a tax preparation business. Between 2014 and 2018, the duo filed 21 fraudulent returns for clients.

Per an official release from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the " returns included false information relating to Schedule C expenses, income, and earned income credits, causing the IRS to issue excess refunds amounting to nearly $75,000."

Hatcher, Sr., who previously served time in federal prison for pleading guilty to preparing false income tax returns in 1998, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for this offense. He will also serve three years of probation upon release.

In addition, the former tax preparer must pay a restitution fee of $69,682 for Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.
Credit: John Baggaley (Getty Images)

His daughter avoided jail time but must serve five years of probation and must pay $4,141 in restitution. Both individuals are prohibited from preparing taxes for anyone other than themselves in the future.

U.S. Attorney David H. Estes said:

"Family run small businesses are the backbone of American free enterprise, and the Hatchers could have established themselves as honorable participants in the tax preparation business. Instead, serial scam artist Ezra Hatcher made a business of defrauding taxpayers, and he and his daughter are being held accountable for their crimes."

IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge James E. Dorsey also weighed in, sharing, "The Hatchers abused their clients' trust in an effort to fraudulently gain more funds."

What do you think about this father/daughter scheme?

You Might Also Enjoy:

- Private Investigator Involved In High-Profile Case Goes to Prison For Tax Fraud

- Investment Advisor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Clients, Funding Lavish Lifestyle

- U.S. Extradites Citizen From Costa Rica After Wire Fraud Plea

Comments / 16

Published by is a service of CountingWorks, Inc., a privately-held technology firm in Newport Beach, CA. TaxBuzz is a free directory service allowing consumers to connect with local CPAs. The TaxBuzz blog offers comprehensive resources for tax questions.

Newport Beach, CA

More from TaxBuzz

Comments / 0